The Royal Navy has a partnership with British Swimming that sees the two organisations showcase the multiple opportunities available to recruits and the possibilities of a career in the Royal Navy.
The parallels between the two organisations of elite performance make for a natural relationship. Both require dedication and hard work but in return deliver a unique way of life within a team of passionate people who are proud to represent their country.
Kick off to the collaboration saw British Swimming Coach David McNulty and Olympic medalists Michael Jamieson and Keri-anne Payne visit HMS Temeraire in Portsmouth, home to the Director of Naval Physical Development, to take part in the Royal Navy swimming test.
Keri-anne and Michael took part in the test themselves and then helped two potential Royal Navy recruits through the process, giving tips and advice from their own British Swimming background. Having seen what the training recruits go through and seeing the world class physical development facilities available, both Michael and Keri-anne felt a career in the Royal Navy could have been an option for them.
Being able to represent your country at any level is a real privilege and something I’ve been lucky enough to do for several years now. That sense of pride and identity is something I think I share with the people I’ve met today in the Royal Navy. – Michael Jamieson.
Keri-anne said she “…loved every second” of the day:
Teamwork has been the focus and the camaraderie between everyone we’ve met has been incredible. It also brought out my competitive side and I want to try the test again because the Royal Navy ratings were so much quicker than me!
The partnership will evolve over the coming months with the two parties exploring further ways to share knowledge and training skills with a view to forging a longer term relationship to promote careers within the Royal Navy.
The Royal Navy might offer one career but there are many opportunities within that and if recruits are particularly passionate about a sport, like swimming, then we can support that. I can clearly see in Michael and Keri-anne the qualities we look for in personnel: leadership, camaraderie, courage and passion. – Captain Mark Cameron, Captain Naval Recruiting for the Royal Navy